Functional Nutrition and Hormone Coach
Healthful Elements LLC
Minneapolis / St. Paul
Practice areas: Digestive Health, Metabolic Syndrome, Diabetes, Hypothyroidism/Hashimoto’s, PCOS, Peri/Menopause, Endometriosis, Sugar Addiction
[Photo credit: Anna Rajdl]
As a young adult, I stumbled (almost literally) into my first career: I was walking down the street when I ran into a college classmate. He asked what I was doing for the summer. “Barista,” I said. “And you?”
“I got an internship at a magazine,” he replied.
Wow, I thought, that sounds really cool. So I went out the next day, found a magazine with an open internship, and landed the gig.
It was a good fit. I loved reading and writing and connecting readers with important information. One of my favorite parts of the job was interviewing experts in their respective fields and absorbing all their wisdom. I was building my own little internal library of knowledge.
I started my career as a generalist, but I very quickly gravitated toward health content and had a wonderful, 15-year run as a health journalist. I loved learning about the human body and what kept it healthy. I couldn’t metabolize (pun intended) information fast enough.
My interest turned out to be prescient: a few years later, I was diagnosed with a series of serious health challenges that led to a rotating cast of doctors, pills, and “helpful” suggestions. (“Maybe a triple-organ transplant,” suggested one eager surgeon.)
I wasn’t super keen on that idea.
So I embarked on my own healing journey, one that included Western medicine (though not that knife-happy surgeon), functional medicine, holistic nutrition, alternative therapies, and plant-powered immune and gene modulation (epigenetics). Healing my digestive system, dealing with my sugar addiction, and learning about hormones, including how to keep my blood sugar as stable as possible, became of utmost importance.
On this journey, I discovered that I was a ‘”skinny fat” person, or what some in the scientific community call TOFI – “thin on the outside, fat on the inside.” Giving up sugar was one component of reversing my internal obesity and learning how to balance my blood sugar kept me from slipping down the slope of pre-diabetes.
I’m now symptom-free and I feel better than I did when I was 20 (approximately 416 years ago). Best of all, I have all my original major organs!
I’m currently enrolled in an intensive, year-long training course, the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy program, in collaboration with the prestigious Institute for Functional Medicine.
Holistic nutrition and functional medicine have transformed my life and my health, and it’s an honor to work with clients on their own healing journey.